John W. “Jack” Lockwood, D.M.D., 94, of Mattapoisett, died at home on Saturday February 14, 2015. He was the husband of Gail J. (Jackson) Lockwood and the late Ruth (Bailey) Lockwood.
Born in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, the son of the late George and E. Muriel (Woodhams) Lockwood, he moved to Wrentham at the age of 2 and lived many years as a child in the former Helen Keller home.
Educated at Wrentham Center School, he worked as machinist at Winter Brothers Company in Wrentham. He attended Boston University and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943 where he was trained as a flight link instructor and was deployed to Italy and North Africa.
After being discharged from the Air Force, he remained in the Reserves for six years. He then attended Bates College and graduated in 1956 from Tufts University Dental School. He practiced in Franklin with Dr. Vena, then opened his own family dental practice in his home in Wrentham. He retired to Mattapoisett in 1985.
Jack had a passion for gardening and was twice featured in the Standard-Times. He had also been a beekeeper, tapped his own maple trees and made maple syrup, and loved fishing, shellfishing, waterskiing and downhill skiing. He was still skiing at Sunday River in Maine at the age of 90 until his stroke.
He was the chairman for the development of the Sweatt Recreational Ski Area in Wrentham and was leader of the ski patrol there. He was a member of the National Ski Patrol and patrolled at Killington Mountain in Vermont for several years. He volunteered in the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program in New Bedford, was a member of the Machaucum Club in Mattapoisett, and was a life member of the American Dental Association.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; five sons, Richard Lockwood and his wife Diane of Laconia, NH, Dana Lockwood and his wife Lisa of Utah, Darrell Lockwood and his wife Maryanne of Goffstown, NH, Dirk Lockwood and his wife Beverly of Byron Center, MI, and Kurt Lockwood of Mattapoisett; a sister, Dorothy Smith of Walpole; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the brother of the late Roy and Harold Lockwood.
There will be no services at this time. A celebration of life will be announced this spring. In Jack’s memory, donations may be made to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, OK 73101, Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250, or Life Choice Hospice, 123 Waterhouse Rd., Suite 5, Bourne, MA 02532. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.